Great painting prep makes all the difference

When it comes to painting the exterior of stucco homes here in Phoenix, prep work isn’t just something—it’s everything. The bottom-line is this: if you hire a painter that doesn’t prep the exterior of the home right prior to painting, your new paint is going to peel and fade faster. It just won’t be able to stand up to the elements here in the Valley. Believe us: great painting prep makes all the difference.

Trust Crash of Rhinos with your painting prep work.That’s why Crash of Rhinos has a proven, time-tested process for preparing your home’s stucco for painting. To learn more about our painting process and to get a free quote, contact us today, or call our team at (602) 540-7471.

Choose a team that will get it right the first time

When our team arrives at your home, we’ll start the process of prepping your home for painting. Here’s what we start with:

Moving furniture, removing fixtures, and pulling back rocks

While it may be easier to tape off lighting and other exterior home fixtures, removing them, if possible, provides a much more reliable and efficient way to get a consistent look.

The rocks around your home can get in the way of a clean finished edge. By moving them away from the foundation, we get full coverage with leaving no stones masked by paint.

Masking

All of the exterior doors, windows, and immovable fixtures are carefully covered in tape and plastic to protect them from stray paint.

Pressurized wash

Removing as much of the grit, residue, and grime from your home’s exterior ensures paint has a solid surface to grab onto. Otherwise, the risk of paint flaking, peeling, or bubbling is greatly increased.

Repairing flaws

At this stage, damaged stucco and drywall are taken care of to make sure you get a uniform and appealing finish.

Sealing the stem wall

One of the most important parts of your home is where the foundation meets the exterior. Called the stem wall, we make sure it is scraped clean of old paint and sealed to prevent the egress of moisture.

Priming and Painting

Using separate primers, we prep each surface to promote the best paint adhesion and colors that really pop. Then each surface is painstakingly painted to perfection.

Choose a team that does the homework

Too many stucco painting companies in the Valley are willing to take shortcuts when it comes to prep work. That’s just going to lead to unsatisfactory results for you and your home down the road. At Crash of Rhinos, we take the time to do painting prep work right because we know it matters.

How long does exterior paint last on a stucco home?

Stucco is arguably the most-popular home exterior here in Phoenix. It’s a perfect match for our desert environment and the aesthetics of many neighborhoods. Plus, it has other benefits, such as requiring less maintenance than many other exterior types. Yet, stucco requires special attention when paint is applied, which is why you should trust the professionals at Crash of Rhinos with painting your stucco home.

A painter applies primer to a stucco home here in Phoenix.

A Crash of Rhinos painter applies primer to a stucco home. Caring for and prepping stucco is an essential part of exterior painting here in Phoenix.

To get an estimate from our team and to learn more about our thorough painting process and long-lasting results, give us a call today.

When it comes to your stucco home, the right paint process matters

When done right, a professional paint job on your stucco home should last 7-10 years. However, there’s a lot that influences what ends up being “right” for stucco, and not every painting company puts the time into prep work and quality paint the way that we do!

When you’re looking at quotes for your stucco home painting, be sure to ask about the following:

  • The quality of the paint used
  • The prep process and if stucco repair is offered
  • How the paint accounts for sunlight exposure and UV radiation
  • How the paint and process impacts the lifespan
  • The warranty offered on the painting work

Prep work has an outsized impact on stucco painting jobs. Before painting, all issues with the home’s exterior should be repaired or treated. This includes the presence of insects, mold, cracks, or damage. Acrylic caulk can be used to fill cracks and stucco patching is used to repair larger areas.

Our work is backed by our 7-year warranty

A painting company’s warranty is a general indicator of their work’s quality. After all, the state minimum is two years, so many painters who don’t take the time to do things right or don’t use the right paint will often stick close to that floor. Crash of Rhinos is different. We back our work with a 7-year warranty because we’re that confident in our paint, in our painters, and in our prep process.

Crash of Rhinos only does stucco. That means we specialize in treating the exterior prior to applying paint. This leads to a longer-lasting paint that can better stand up to the elements here in the Valley, ranging from harsh UV rays in June to rain in December.

To schedule a free quote from us, contact us today.

Why we use Dunn-Edwards, the best Arizona exterior paint

The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place to live with paradise-like weather—until the summer rolls back around, that is. Trust us: your home’s exterior paint feels the same way. Under a constant bombardment of UV radiation mixed with dust storms, torrential monsoon rain, and more, your stucco home can take a beating throughout the year.

Dunn-Edwards is the very best Arizona exterior paint.

For the very best Arizona exterior paint, trust Crash of Rhinos and Dunn-Edwards paints.

To stand up to this environment, you need the best-possible exterior paint. At Crash of Rhinos, we’re proud to use Dunn-Edwards. Their exterior paint is specially formulated for the desert Southwest and all the sun, wind, rain, and heat that comes with it. By pairing Dunn-Edwards’ formula with our proven prep and painting methods, your exterior paint will last longer and look better.

In this article, we’ll review just a few of the reasons that Dunn-Edwards is perfect for stucco homes here in the Valley.

Why Dunn-Edwards is the best Arizona exterior paint

1. Formulated to withstand Arizona sunshine

One of the biggest causes of paint deterioration on your Arizona home is the sun. Temperatures in the months of June through September consistently exceed 100 degrees, which causes exterior paint to deteriorate faster. In addition, the near-constant bombardment of solar radiation through the long daytime hours can cause fading in most paints.

However, one of the reasons that Dunn-Edwards is the best Arizona exterior paint is because it was specifically designed and formulated for the climate here in Arizona. It’ll stand up to the summer sun.

2. It resists peeling, cracking, and mildew

Along with sustained high temperatures, dust and heavy rains can also wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Using a paint with superior adhesion and bonding helps protect your home against mildew which can cause paint to peel and crack. That’s what Dunn-Edwards—paired with our excellent prep process—offers.

3. It’s fade-resistant

Dunn-Edwards paint is made using a special UV-blocking formula that keeps color from fading in the ever-changing Arizona climate. This 100% acrylic exterior paint stays looking good for 10-15 years, and it is available in a host of vibrant colors.

4. It’s eco-friendly

The company prides itself on a green manufacturing philosophy. Their paint is both customer and environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly features of their products include:

  • No VOC (volatile organic compound) colorants
  • No Ethylene Glycol
  • RAVOC (reactivity-adjusted VOC content) rating labels on every can
  • The U.S. Green Building Council made them the world’s first LEED Gold-certified paint manufacturing facility.

6. It’s locally manufactured

A bonus feature of Dunn-Edwards paint is that it is made right here in Phoenix. Who better to understand your exterior paint needs than a manufacturer located right in your own backyard?

For the best Arizona exterior paint, call Crash of Rhinos Painting

When you’re ready to repaint your home, give our team a call for a free inspection. We’ll start by reviewing your home with you and providing an informational packet with more information about our process, our paint, and why we do things differently—including our 7-year warranty.

What does peeling paint on your stucco home indicate?

Stucco is a common exterior finish used on homes here in Arizona due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing look. Most stucco homes fit within the aesthetic of neighborhoods and communities here in the Phoenix metro. However, like all exterior building materials, stucco can show signs of damage and wear over time. In this article, we’ll review what you should do if you notice peeling paint on your stucco home.

If you’ve been noticing that the paint on your stucco home is starting to peel, you might need to have your home repainted in the near future. For a free estimate here in the Phoenix metro, call us at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Find an exterior painting company that repairs peeling paint and stucco problems before painting!What causes stucco paint to peel?

Exterior paint should only be applied over stucco that is free from blemishes and damage, such as hairline cracks and holes. If the exterior of your home has been painted multiple times in the past, peeling paint could indicate that the stucco was not properly prepared or repaired before the paint was applied. This means that the paint didn’t have an opportunity to fully adhere to the stucco surface.

Insist on a longer warranty

This is just one of the reasons why you should only hire an exterior painting company that offers an extensive warranty. Companies that offer 1-year or 2-year warranties may be taking shortcuts, knowing that the paint won’t start to peel until after the warranty has already expired. We take the time to do things right at Crash of Rhinos, which is one of the reasons we offer a 7-year warranty on our work.

Preparing stucco for painting

To properly paint stucco, the exterior painters need to go through an extensive prep work process. This includes pressure washing the surface, repairing any damaged or cracked stucco, and more:

  • Temporarily remove landscaping items and light fixtures for clear access
  • Clean the entire exterior through pressure washing or a similar process
  • Repair any cracks or other damage to the stucco exterior
  • Protect windows, doors, and walkways from paint using masking techniques
  • Prime the exterior
  • Paint the exterior with a quality product
  • Replace any items moved before the painting process

If this prep work is done right and the exterior painters are using high-quality paint specially formulated for stucco adhesion, the results should not only look great, but should also retain their color without fading or peeling far into the future.

What should you do if you have peeling paint on your stucco home?

Contact us. We offer free estimates here in the Valley. We’ll meet with you to inspect the exterior of your home and see the extent of the problem. If it’s time for your home to be re-painted, we’ll provide you with an honest, upfront quote and provide you with a proposal folder describing our process in detail. That’s just the way we do things at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

High-Quality Exterior House Paint: 5 Things to Look For

Guest Article By Noah Winkles, New Life Painting


Here’s something you should know: high-quality paint will provide better coverage and last longer. In contrast, if you opt for a cheaper type of paint, you risk paint failure down the road.

But, when you walk into a paint store and see rows upon rows of paint cans, how can you determine which are high-quality, and which are not? Should you just choose the most expensive, figuring it must be high-quality? Or, is there something else that can tell you if you’re making the best purchase possible? Read on for 5 things to look for in high-quality exterior house paint.

Here are 5 things to look for in high-quality exterior house paint

1. Sheen matters

First, you need to make sure you select a paint color that will be available in a high-quality paint.

Even though color matching can get you pretty much whatever color you want in any brand, the sheens vary from brand-to-brand, and when you’re painting something as large as a house, a difference in sheen could make the color look completely different than what you were expecting.

Most people opt for warm, neutral palettes on the exterior, but blues and grays are becoming more and more popular, too. If you’re struggling with your color decision, see if you can find a paint company that offers color combination cards. These give you suggestions for your exterior, including siding and trim, taking the guesswork out of your process.

To make sure you’re selecting a brand with a sheen you like, paint sample boards with each paint you’re thinking about. Put them in different spots of your home, watching how the color changes throughout the day. When you have one or two you think you like, paint a swatch in a sunny area and observe it over a few days.

2. Latex or oil?

When it comes to choosing latex (water-based paints) or oil (includes alkyd paints), latex almost always comes out on top. That’s because water-based paints expand and contract with the siding. This is good because it helps your paint job stand up to weather. Oil-based paints block moisture and dry as an inflexible coating, which leads to cracks. However, there is a case to be made for oil if you already have oil-based paint on your house and it’s working out for you.

3. What is the warranty?

You should almost always go for premium paint when painting the exterior of your house. But which brand’s premium paint should you choose? Look at the premium line of a manufacturer and see what their warranty is. This can give you a good comparison because the longer the warranty, the more likely the paint will stand up to time and weather.

4. Pigments

The more coats you have to apply, the more money you’ll be spending. (And time. And effort.)

Choosing a high-quality paint that covers fully with only one coat is not only a smart financial and timely decision, it will give you better results in the long run. Lower-cost pigments in a paint will lead you back to the store for another can—again and again. Higher-quality pigments, like titanium dioxide, will give you better coverage. Find a product that is also fade-resistant so that your paint job will last many more years.

5. Do yourself a solid

Save yourself hassle and money by looking to the level of solids. You want solids above 45 percent. In fact, the higher, the better. Higher solids give you a stronger coating. But this isn’t as easy as snagging any paint off the shelf with a solid above 45. (In fact, grabbing it off the shelf will be hard anyway, because manufacturers don’t always list the solids on the label. For this information, you’ll need to talk to the retailer.) Some companies increase their solid percentage with cheap fillers.

How can you avoid purchasing these lesser products? Avoid inexpensive paints that boast high solids. You’ll have to spend more money for higher solids, but it will be worth it.

Preparation is key

Remember, it doesn’t matter how much you spend or how high the quality of your paint is if you don’t take care to do proper prep work. Repair cracks and other issues, prep the wood, and use a primer. Once your surface is ready, your high-quality paint will bond to it beautifully, giving you a color you can enjoy for years to come.


Noah Winkles is the vice president of New Life Painting. For over 35 years, New Life Painting has provided exterior painting services to residents and business owners living in California’s Central Coast.

What homeowners should know about PDCA painting standards

A high-quality exterior paint job can increase the beauty, value, and curb appeal of your home. When you’re selecting a contractor for this important project, choose a business with membership in the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA). Here in the Phoenix metro area, that’s Crash of Rhinos Painting.

Crash of Rhinos is an Arizona painting company located in PhoenixWhat is the PDCA?

Founded in 1884, this is the only American trade organization for painting contractors. The PDCA has a mission to promote education, ethics, and excellence in this industry.

Member organizations must adhere to PDCA painting standards, which require work that is free of defects and establishes guidelines that protect the consumer from unsatisfactory work.

What is covered by the PDCA standards?

As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you can trust the contractors you hire to do the best-possible work. PDCA makes this possible with standards that set out:

  • What a properly painted surface looks like
  • When touch-up and/or repair is required
  • Cost guidelines that depend on the range of colors and types of finishes used
  • The scope and work and responsibilities of a painting contractor
  • The methodology by which estimates are created
  • The way specific surfaces should be prepared for painting

These examples only scratch the surface of what is covered by this comprehensive document, designed to increase industry transparency by creating expectations for ethical, high-quality work.

Why should I choose Crash of Rhinos Painting?

As a PDCA member, we live by these industry standards and rely on them to ensure that your home’s exterior paint job will be uniform and free of defects. In fact, all our jobs are covered by a complete seven-year warranty.

Every job begins when our experienced, professional team examines the surface and provides a detailed, written quote. Next, work with our color consultation team to find the ideal hue for your home, even if you need to receive approval from your homeowners‘ association.

Before we get started, you’ll view digital renderings of what your home will look like when the job is complete. We use high-quality Dunn-Edwards paint because it’s specially formulated to stay vibrant and fresh—even in the blistering summer sun and fierce monsoon rain here in Phoenix.

If you live in the Phoenix area, contact us today to request your quote for a fresh coat. We’re proud of our PDCA membership and stellar customer reviews, including an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Here’s why thinning exterior paint can lead to problems down the road

Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common practice for some contractors to thin the exterior paint they use before applying it to the exterior wall. Thinning exterior paint helps to reduce their overhead because less paint is used in the project, but it can cause significant problems for the homeowner down the road.

In this blog, we’re going to explore the problems associated with thinned-out paint, and how to select an exterior painting company—like Crash of Rhinos Painting—that is trustworthy and does things right.

Fixures Removal Before PaintingWhat are the most-common problems associated with thinning exterior paint?

#1. Doing so modifies the color

When you water down exterior paint, it changes the color by making it lighter. This means that the end result often differs from the sample patches or the digital renderings, if the contractor provided them at all. Watered-down paint also causes inconsistencies, especially when the water and paint are poorly mixed. As a homeowner, you’ll notice this in the finished project, especially if your home is being painted in darker shades.

Avoiding this problem is as easy as finding a locally trusted exterior painting company that offers digital renderings, samples, and a free estimate. Get a pledge from that company that they don’t water down their paint supply.

#2. Consistency matters

Thinning paint changes its chemical consistency, which makes it less likely to cover the old color underneath. This is important: you don’t want the old paint showing through the new paint layer. In practical terms, this would mean that the contractor would need to apply multiple coats.

However, since come shadier contractors are thinning paint as a means of saving money, they’re probably not going to do that. Instead, they’ll bet that you might not notice the difference until they’ve been paid.

#3. It lowers the UV resistance

Watered-down paint doesn’t have the same properties as an untouched can does. When you add water, you change its properties. One problem with changed properties is a lack of UV resistance. Thinned paint will not withstand the sun as well. Faster fading means spending more money on touch-ups.

#4. It won’t stick as well

Exterior paint has a thick texture that helps it to stick to the stucco surface being painting. When you thin it out, it will not adhere to your home as well. This means that the paint is going to start peeling far, far earlier than it would have otherwise.

Think of exterior paint as a shield against the elements. If certain parts of that shield are significantly weakened, the whole structural integrity is compromised. The UV and adhesion issues caused by thinning exterior paint are going to mean that your freshly painted home will likely need to be repainted in less than 5 years. Not ideal!

Call Crash of Rhinos for exterior home painting done right

Consider this: Crash of Rhinos offers a 7-year warranty on our exterior painting. Why? Because we know we use the right paint and the right process, so that your home’s paint should last from 10-15 years, not 3-5.

Start your exterior home painting project by contacting our team. We offer free estimates, and we don’t charge upfront costs for our work.

We use Dunn-Edwards exterior paint, and here’s why

It’s the paint used on the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Caesar’s Palace casino in Las Vegas. There’s a reason for that: Dunn-Edwards exterior paint is designed to stand up to the elements here in the Southwest. That’s why we’re proud to use Dunn-Edwards paints here at Crash of Rhinos.

Founded more than 90 years ago, Dunn-Edwards paint has built a reputation as the premier paint supplier for beautiful homes and landmarks in the Southwest. With advanced engineering, Dunn-Edwards continues to develop paint that exceeds industry standards.

Here’s what makes it better.

Dunn Edwards PaintWorld leader in green manufacturing

Dunn-Edwards’ LEED-Gold certified paint manufacturing facility here in Phoenix is the first and only quality-control laboratory and plant in the coatings industry to achieve this coveted distinction. Utilizing smart chemistry, the manufacturer has developed some of the safest zero-VOC and ultra-low VOC paints and paint colorants on the market.

You can breathe easier knowing that the low-odor paints that we use perform well and have less impact on the environment—both in manufacturing and once on your home.

Continuous testing and improvement

Dunn-Edwards’ colors and finishes are benchmarked against the competition as part of regular testing, and have been proven to outlast many other well-known brands. We rely on these paints because we know these stringent quality specifications result in better adhesion and coverage as well as faster drying times.

That’s just one of the reasons that Crash of Rhinos offers a 7-year warranty on our exterior painting services—5 years longer than the minimum required 2 years.

Tested to stand up to the elements

Dunn-Edwards exterior paint resists mildew effectively. This paint is specially formulated to block UV rays to prevent fading. From the intense heat of the Phoenix sun to the summer monsoons experienced here, our paints are formulated to exceed industry standards in real-world Arizona conditions. We choose Dunn-Edwards exterior paint because the delicate finishes of the paints are durable.

Unmatched service

Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, we prefer Dunn-Edwards exterior paint because of the paint quality. Need help choosing a color? Our professional paint consultants are here to assist. We offer one-on-one consultations, digital renderings, and more. We can work with your HOA if needed and help you choose the best paint for your needs to ensure that lasting beauty is achieved with your next project.

For a free quote, contact us today!

A walkthrough of Crash of Rhinos’ communication process

Communication is the key to building trust in any relationship, business or otherwise. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we’ve put together a painting communication process that ensures that you are never in the dark.

In the interest of making sure you’re informed, we’re going to walk you through the process step-by-step so you know what to expect when you work with us.

To get a free exterior painting quote, contact us today.

Here’s how our communication process works:

1. In-person inspection

The process begins with one of our trained professionals coming to your house to conduct an in-person inspection. We will make a video recording of your entire property to identify any problems or issues that we will have to address while painting your home.

2. Proposal folder presentation

Immediately after the inspection is completed, our professional will put together a proposal folder and go over it with you. This information includes information about the job to be done, including the cost, the paint we’ll be using, and the overall scope of the job, as well as information about our insurance documentation and details of our 7-year warranty.

3. Questions and contract

Our technician will go over the folder with you, including a detailed contract, and answer any questions that you may have. The contract is included in the folder, but you needn’t sign it before the technician leaves. Take the time you need to go over the proposal, then sign and send it to us once you’re satisfied with what we offer.

4. Professional color consultation

If you haven’t yet decided on the color that you want for your house’s exterior, the next step in the communication process is a color consultation with one of our professional color consultants. This involves digital renderings that will give you a good idea of what your home will look like at the completion of the project.

5. Progress reports on a daily basis

As a homeowner, you should never feel out-of-the-loop about what’s being done on your propertyThat’s why we follow up with our customers every day to keep them informed of what we plan to work on during any given day, as well as updates on what we’ve already accomplished.

Your home’s outer appearance says a lot about its character, and that’s why it’s important to work with an exterior painting company you can trust. Crash of Rhinos’ communication process fosters that trust by walking with you every step of the way. Contact us today to start the process.

What makes Crash of Rhinos different from other Phoenix painting companies?

At Crash of Rhinos painting, we offer exterior stucco painting services in the Phoenix metro area. We  back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We know that you have choices when it comes to choosing an exterior paint company, so we work hard to set our company apart from others in the area, so you will always choose our business.

In this blog, we’ll review what makes Crash of Rhinos different from other painting companies here in Phoenix. To get started, contact us for a free estimate!

What makes Crash of Rhinos different?

#1. We provide a free quote for every job

Before you schedule a job with us, we will visit your home or office building to offer you a free quote. This includes an inspection and our painting proposal packet. We want you to know upfront what you are spending and what you can expect from us before we schedule the job.

#2. We don’t expect any money upfront

At Crash of Rhinos, we complete our work before we ask you for any money. They are no upfront costs associated with our services, and you don’t pay until you are happy with the job we’ve done.

#3. We use the highest quality paint

Some companies are okay with cutting corners to save money, but we refuse to sacrifice quality or service for our valued customers. We use high-quality Dunn-Edwards paint for every job, and we stand behind our statement that it will handle the test of time.

#4. We are confident enough in our work to warranty it

Because we believe that our work speaks for itself, we offer a 7-year warranty on our exterior painting services. That means if you have problems within the first seven years, we are happy to come out and fix it. We don’t just want to finish the job; we want you to be happy with it long-term.

#5. Our process is straightforward and clear

When you choose Crash of Rhinos, you know exactly what you are getting. We don’t sneak in any extra services or costs or try to sell you on things you don’t need. We are there to complete a job for you and make sure you are happy when we leave.

#6. We have over 400 five-star reviews

We have hundreds of happy clients that have given us high ratings for the work we’ve done for them. From an inspection and quote to the final touches, we leave no detail unnoticed and take pride in the work we do.

Learn for yourself what makes Crash of Rhinos different. Give us a call!

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.